Parent's Page is SBGR Parent Newsletter about Early Learning. Issues are posted monthly.
From the time a baby is born, a child’s brain begins learning important skills that are needed for future school success. These skills are best learned through active play experiences. Parents can help maximize early learning by choosing toys that encourage active participation and higher level thinking.
But what kinds of toys are best to help develop school readiness skills? Smart Beginnings has great suggestions for toys that are not only fun, but will help your child be ready for school and ready for life!
Alphabet recognition is an important skill for early reading & writing development. It involves being able to recognize beginning letters in familiar words, distinguish between lowercase and capital letters and recognize the relationship between letters, sounds and words.
Did you know proficient reading by the end of third grade is a significant predictor of future academic and life success? However, learning to read well begins long before a child enters elementary school. According to literacy experts, reading proficiently results from a combination of experiences and skill building that begins in the earliest years of a child's life.
"Extensive research has proven that reading aloud to a child is the single most important factor in raising a reader" (Jim Trelease authorof The Read Aloud Handbook)
When parents and other adults share books with babies, toddlers and preschoolers, they are not only demonstrating that reading is important, but also that reading is much more than sounding out letters and words. Plus, reading aloud promotes early language development and helps young children learn basic readiness skills that are essential for reading success in elementary school.
So how can you help your child get ready to read? Smart Beginnings has some suggestions below. All of these ideas are simple things adults can do everyday to help young children be ready for school, and ready for life!